Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to make his first court appearance.

Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, says 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has a bond hearing Monday morning.

Fields is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into the crowd, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man appears to be the winner of the 44th annual White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City.

Glen Frost, of Stevensville landed a white marlin weighing 95.5 pounds on Friday, a catch worth more than $1.6 million.

Mike Donohue of Wilmington, Delaware, landed an 86-pound marlin to claim more than $1.5 million.

Joe Andrews of Ocean City was third on the leaderboard with a 79.5-pound white marlin.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland attorney has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a county school board's approval of a policy allowing students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which they identify.

The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of a 15-year-old girl attending Frederick County High School and her mother.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has overturned the conviction of a woman sentenced to life in prison for hiring a man to kill her husband at the family's gas station.

The court ruled Monday that Karla Porter deserves a new trial because she was entitled to a jury instruction on "imperfect self-defense" when she presented evidence that Ray Porter had abused her during their 24-year marriage, that his abuse escalated in the weeks before his killing in 2010.

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Maryland State Police say there has been a murder suicide in Wicomico County over the weekend that has left one man dead and another in critical condition.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say on Saturday 25 year-old Evan Gottlieb of Berlin was found dead in his victim’s stolen pickup truck of a self-inflicted wound.

65 year-old Blair Ranneberger suffered from gunshot wounds and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where reported to be in critical condition.

Beginning Sunday, it’s Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week.

Shoppers can purchase everything from clothing to footwear costing a hundred dollars or less and won’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales tax.

For the first time this year the first $40 for a backpack purchase will be tax free.

On line purchases will also fall under the program if the items are purchased and delivered during tax free week.  

The program runs from Sunday August 13th to the following the Saturday August 19th.

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As we head into the final day of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City Chris Cusick brought in a white marlin weighing 72.5 pounds that put him in third place.

WBOC reports that Mike Donohue is still in first play with an 86-pounder.

That puts him in contention to win $2.6 million in prize money.

Meanwhile, Joe Sandler from Florida is in first place in the tuna category with a 68.5 pounder.            

Categories still open are for the blue marlin, shark and dolphin.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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A group of civic organizations is urging a Delaware state taskforce to speed up its decision on which new voting machines will be used in the future.

The coalition including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state legislature has provided $15 to $20 million in funding for the new equipment in next year’s budget.

The First State began using voting machines in the mid- 1990’s and are among the oldest in the country.

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An Irish student has died after suffering cardiac arrest while swimming off Ocean City on August 2nd.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Irish Times says 22-year-old Philip Leahy died on August 6th.

Atlantic General Hospital confirmed his death but did not provide any more details.

The paper reports that Ocean City officials say that Leahy was one of four swimmers who needed to be rescued by lifeguards.

The Beach Patrol applied CPR on Leahy who was then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he died four day later.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The organizer of a weekend rally that's expected to draw hundreds of "alt-right" activists and white nationalists is suing a Virginia city over its decision to relocate the event.

Attorneys for right-wing blogger Jason Kessler filed the federal lawsuit Thursday against Charlottesville.

The city says Kessler's Saturday event can't take place in its downtown Emancipation Park. Citing safety considerations, they ordered it moved to a park about a mile away.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of people in Richmond have packed a contentious community meeting to weigh in on what should be done with the city's Confederate monuments.

Local media report more than 500 people gathered Wednesday night at the Virginia Historical Society and more were turned away due to space restrictions. The meeting was the first of two public comment sessions that have been scheduled as a commission studies adding context to the statues or building new ones.

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - County officials in Maryland have settled a civil rights violation claim with the family of a man who died after being shot by a Taser during a 2013 arrest.

Montgomery County's chief of litigation told The Baltimore Sun Thursday that the settlement Anthony Howard Sr.'s family was made without any admission of liability.

The Gaithersburg man was high on cocaine and behaving erratically when he encountered police in April 2013.

There has been a suspension of 9 employees at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

The incident occurred last week but the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Correction is giving up any further details only that it is being investigated.

Last month an inmate at the prison was found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer and received an additional two years behind bars.

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Angler Mike Donohue caught an 86-pound white marlin yesterday coming in first at the annual Ocean City tournament this year.

WBOC reports that in second place is Michael Logan at 76 pounds.

For a white marlin to qualify it must be at least 67 inches long and weight 70 pounds.

First prize for the white marlin winner is $2.6 million with second place taking in $120-thouand.

The 44th Annual White Marlin Open got off to a slow start this year with the storm that kept many boats dockside on Monday.

The tournament runs through Friday with weigh-ins at 4 p.m.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says he wants the Council to consider term limits for its members as well as for his position.

By yesterday afternoon the council said it wasn’t time yet for such a discussion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council statement said with the council elections more than a year away it had not gotten around yet to looking at possible charter amendments.

Culver said that he has pushed for them in the past and would like to see local voters have their say.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in southern Maryland have charged eight people with murder in connection to eight drug overdose deaths.

Gov. Larry Hogan attended a news conference on Wednesday in Leonardtown, Maryland, where local authorities in St. Mary's County announced the indictments.

The Republican governor says investing in prevention and treatment can only work if the state eliminates the threat posed by drug traffickers across the state.

Hogan noted that more than 2,000 people died from overdoses last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former aide to Michelle Obama is running for governor of Maryland.

Krish Vignarajah announced Wednesday she is entering the race for the Democratic nomination. She has scheduled an official campaign kick-off for Sept. 19.

She says she's running because she is worried her daughter won't have the same opportunities she has had.

She's the first woman to enter the race. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, has said she is thinking about running.

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The Sussex County Council may cut back on concerts in the region.

Currently, events that are three days or less are not regulated by the conditional use regulations.

But public hearings will be held on a proposal that would allow a maximum of five days of events each year at a particular venue.

That does not include set up or breakdown time.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Hudson Fields which hosts outdoor events has received complaints about the sound.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling by a Delaware judge in a lawsuit involving a company targeted for an abandoned property audit.

While agreeing that many claims asserted by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline in its 2015 lawsuit were premature, a three-judge panel said Wednesday that the judge erred last year in dismissing the company's procedural due process claim.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has a plan to combat violent crimes in the city, and has named a new director to help her lead the fight.

Pugh appointed Drew Vetter, who had been chief of staff at the Baltimore Police Department, to direct the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly struck Salisbury, Maryland, on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological technician James Foster said in a phone interview Tuesday that the tornado was powered by winds of up to 105 mph. National Weather Service experts arrived Tuesday to assess the damage.

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say 21 guns have been detected so far this year at a Maryland airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Tuesday that it most recently discovered guns as they were carried through a checkpoint at BWI on Sunday.

TSA officials said a man had a 9 mm handgun and a .22 caliber pistol. He also was allegedly carrying a total of 42 bullets.

The TSA did not identify the man but said he lives in Prince George's County, Maryland. He was also accompanied by two children.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has ruled against former state treasurer Chip Flowers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against former Gov. Jack Markell.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge said Markell's office did not violate Delaware's FOIA law by withholding emails from Flowers simply because they were sent or received by a lawmaker or legislative staffer, without regard to their content or context.

State lawmakers have specifically exempted their emails from the FOIA law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend a news conference in St. Mary's County, where officials plan to announce separate indictments against drug dealers relating to about a half dozen overdose deaths.

County law enforcement has scheduled an announcement Wednesday morning in Leonardtown.

St. Mary's County Sheriff Timothy Cameron and State's Attorney Richard Fritz are scheduled to attend, as well as Col. William Palozzi, the Maryland State Police superintendent.

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Former Governor Jack Markell has wrapped up his bike ride across the country.

The Delaware Democrat arrived a day early in Rehoboth Beach from the west coast.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this was on the governor’s bucket list.

He told the paper that it was a win-win for him getting in shape and seeing the country.

Markell was riding for ”Motivate the First State” which raises funds for seven charities in Delaware.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.

Meteorologist Mike Dutter said Monday that the service will make an official confirmation on Tuesday when officials inspect the damage.

Eyewitnesses said trees were split and cars were overturned. Homes and buildings were also damaged. No injuries had been reported Monday afternoon.

Dutter said the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado.

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Despite the stormy weather the 44th annual White Marlin Open kicked off yesterday with some 353 boats competing for nearly $5 million in prize money.

But organizers say it was a rocky start.

The docks at Harbor Island were filled with boats staying in for the day.

But the weather is expected to clear up this week giving anglers a chance to shoot for the big prize.

Aside the storm clouds the tournament is also weathering a legal battle in federal court.

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There could be a grand jury indictment within the next 90 days in the uprising and death of a prison guard at the James T. Correctional Center near Smyrna.

That’s the word from the Delaware Attorney General’s office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports officials added that the investigation poses a number of unique issues including the fact that most of the witnesses are inmates.

The uprising involved 120 prisoners from Building C.

Both the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware and Governor John Carney have expressed concern over the delay.